Axe & Barrel Brewing Company

“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”   — Mark Twain

Enroute to Bear Mountain in Langford and needing some sustenance, we spotted the Axe & Barrel.

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Newly established, with a new menu, this is the Westshore’s first craft brewery.

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The interior space feels homey and immediately comfortable.


In addition to its beer menu, the Axe & Barrel offers a menu that highlights its barbecue angle.


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We  asked about the most popular items on their menu, and the immediate response was the seafood chowder soup.  My husband is somewhat of a connoisseur of  seafood chowders, so he immediately chose a cup of that option.
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The soup base is a creamy broth (not at all flour-y), and tasty on its own.

The chowder was loaded with seafood including prawns and garnished with two mussels.

A cornbread mini-loaf accompanied the chowder.

Verdict?  My husband said it’s the best chowder he’s had on the Island!
Hefty endorsement, for sure!







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We shared a plank of nachos that are totally different than  the usual pub fare.

These came totally smothered in toppings, including tender pulled pork, halved grape tomatoes, sweet and savoury carmelized onions, and house baked beans –plus the usual cheese.

We added salsa verde made from green tomatillos, which accompanied the flavors perfectly. A most tasty and satisfying appetizer that actually served as a meal!










No question — we’ll be back!

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Axe & Barrel Brewing Co.
2323 Millstream Rd.
778-433-6746       250-474-1989

Sun – Sat  11 am – midnight


bin 4 Burger Lounge

To eat well, I always disagree with critics who say that all restaurants should be fine dining. You can get a Michelin star if you serve the best hamburger in the world.

David Chang


Gourmet Hamburgers- check

Locally grown products- check

House cut Kennebec French Fries-check

Freshly made House Salad-check

House made Dip for Fries-check

Buns from Irene’s Bakery


What is not to love about bin 4’s menu! 17 uniquely styled burgers including the classic Heritage, the Dirty Bourbon, Mr Bean and the The Angry Bull.


Bin 4 bourbon burger


The Dirty Bourbon

I ordered the Heritage burger with aged white cheddar, a freshly made salad with a divine lemon champagne honey vinaigrette and piping hot fries…. crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. I chose the roasted garlic aioli dip….one of 9 dips and it complimented the fries beautifully. The gene pool chose the Dirty Bourbon and The Angry Bull with fries for their side. We all agreed that the burgers were awesome!!

bin 4 cheese burger



The Classic Heritage with Bacon


Bin 4
180-911 Yates Street
Victoria, BC


3271 Maple Street (across from Home Sense)
Saanich, BC


107-716 Goldstream Avenue
Westshore, BC